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New Worlds from Old Texts: Revisiting Ancient Space and Place

ISBN : 9780199664139

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¥22,363
Author: 
Elton Barker; Stefan Bouzarovski; Christopher Pelling; Leif Isaksen
Pages
416 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2015
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Maps dominate the modern sense of place and geography. Yet, so far as we can tell, maps were rare in the Greco-Roman world and, when mentioned in sources, are mistrusted and criticized. Today, technological advances have brought to the fore an entirely new set of methods for representing and interacting with space. In contrast to traditional 'topographic' perspectives, the territorial extent of economic and political realms is increasingly conceived though a 'topological' lens, in which the nature and frequency of links among different sites matter more than the physical distances between them. New Worlds from Old Texts focuses on the ancient Greek experience of space, conceived of in terms of both its literature and material culture remains, and uses this to reflect on modern thinking. Comprising twelve chapters written by a highly interdisciplinary range of contributors, this edited collection explores the rich array of representational devices employed by ancient authors, whose narrative depictions of spatial relations defy the logic of images and surfaces that dominates contemporary cartographic thought. The volume focuses on Herodotus' Histories-a text that is increasingly cited by Classicists as an example of how ancient perceptions of space may have been rather different to the modern cartographic view-but also considers perceptions of space through the lens of other authors, genres, cultural contexts, and disciplines. In doing so, it reveals how a study of the ancient world can be reinvigorated by, and in turn help to shape, modern technological innovation and methods.

Index: 

PART 1: TEXTS, MAPS, IDEAS: ANCIENT GREEK REPRESENTATIONS OF SPACE
PART 2: THE HESTIA PROJECT: TOWARDS A NARRATIVE GEOGRAPHY OF HERODOTUS' HISTORIES
PART 3: TECHNOLOGIES, METHODOLOGIES, THEORIES: CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO MAPPING SPACE

About the author: 

Elton Barker is a Reader in Classical Studies at the Open University.; Stefan Bouzarovski is a Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Urban Energy and Resilience at the University of Manchester.; Christopher Pelling is Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford.; Dr Leif Isaksen is a Senior Lecturer in History and Digital Humanities at Lancaster University.

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